Informa Markets

Author Bio ▼

Safety and Health Practitioner (SHP) is first for independent health and safety news.
February 29, 2024

Get the SHP newsletter

Daily health and safety news, job alerts and resources

‘PPE isn’t meant to be uncomfortable’: Katy Robinson and Karl Simons on inclusive PPE

In this episode, we speak to inclusive PPE campaigner, Katy Robinson, and chairman of SHP’s Editorial Board, Karl Simons, about raising awareness, changing attitudes and creating a movement for tangible change for inclusive PPE.

Katy Robinson is a senior project manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council and campaign manager for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Yorkshire who is also spearheading an inclusive Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) campaign targeting the Yorkshire construction sector.

Karl Simons, an engineer by trade, took his skill into the military before entering the safety profession working across sectors including facilities and utilities, picking up an OBE along the way – as well as SHP’s most influential award in 2020. He is now co-founder of FYLD, a tech start-up that utilises AI to keep field workers safe, and also chairman of our Editorial Board.

Both are supporters of SHP’s Inclusive PPE campaign, and in this episode, Katy discusses the need to place more importance on PPE for women and men, highlighting that it’s not just the end point of a risk assessment. She also mentions changing attitudes and creating a gold standard for best practice.

Then we hear from Karl, who discusses the process of creating a movement, the evolution of raising issues at work, whether physical or mental, and why change starts with the workforce to create a ‘learning culture’.

It’s an interesting discussion – click below to listen to the full recording!

A snapshot of the conversation with Katy, Karl and Mark.

Find out more here

The Safety Conversation Podcast: Listen now!

The Safety Conversation with SHP (previously the Safety and Health Podcast) aims to bring you the latest news, insights and legislation updates in the form of interviews, discussions and panel debates from leading figures within the profession.

Find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts, subscribe and join the conversation today!

Related Topics

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments